Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
When anti-racist activists stole a Confederate monument from Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma, Alabama last month, they pledged to transform it “into a toilet” if its owners, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), did not meet one demand: flying a banner with a quote by civil rights activist Assata Shakur outside their headquarters on April 9, the anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Unsurprisingly, the UDC did not jump at the opportunity. The activist group, known as White Lies Matter (WLM), now says it has fulfilled its promise of drilling a hole into the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair — and shared photos of the, uh, dethronement.
“As the UDC has given us every indication that they had no intention of hanging the banner, even going as far as declaring our demands ‘fake news’, White Lies Matter has decided to move forward prematurely with the alteration of the chair,” the group said in an email. “It will be returned to the UDC immediately.”
Images shared with Hyperallergic depict one of WLM’s members decked out in the navy blue uniform commonly worn by Union soldiers, sitting triumphantly on the ornate chair and presumably using a flag of the Confederacy as toilet paper.
“Everything about the South is painfully polite, even the racism, that is, until it’s not. We don’t have the luxury of being polite,” the activists said in a statement. “We aren’t doing this for parades, to dress up and relive the glory days.”
“Four hundred years ago, the first slave arrived on American soil. A hundred and fifty years ago, we fought a senseless war to double down on that original sin. And now we all have to deal with the consequences,” the activists said in a statement. “At least now their stupid chair is useful.”
What can we say? White supremacy is shitty.
While staying as a house guest, a naked Le Corbusier defiled Gray’s minimalist, color-blocked walls that were only restored in 2015.
Keep your friends close and your bad art friends closer.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In his new book, Tyler Green argues that landscape was Emerson’s method of glorifying territories shaped and bordered by white men.
“The 52-hertz Whale,” which sings a song at a frequency no other whale uses, is a social media phenomenon. But this film shows that the phenomenon says more about us than whales.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
The unvarnished photographs celebrate the lives, beauty, and resilience of an oppressed group at Chile’s social peripheries in the 1980s, and the series was recently acquired by MOCA in Los Angeles.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.